Compaq portables to go wireless

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Compaq portables to go wireless

Compaq Computer is set to unveil wireless networking technology for its Armada notebook line.

The company will also launch two new Armada notebooks and refresh existing models with Pentium III processors.

Compaq will introduce four wireless network products: the WL100 PC card for notebooks, WL200 PCI card for desktop systems, WL300 Software Access Point, and WL400 Hardware Access Point.

Once attached to the LAN, the access point gives mobile users an effective network range of up to 300 feet indoors and 1,000 feet outdoors. Performance slows over distance: 11Mbps within 75 feet; 5.5Mbps from 75 to 150 fee; and 2.2Mbps from 150 to 300 feet.

The card sells for $199 and the access point for $899. A less expensive solution is to spend $199 for the WL200 PCI card and $125 for the software access point. Range is the same as the hardware access point, but performance degradation depends on the number of users.

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